Older men and youth, formed by the Nazis into a Home Guard (Volkssturm),late in World War 2, parade with regular army and SS units in Braunsweig, Germany. Young school children walk along a cobblestone steet and sidewalk in the historic district of the city, ahead of the marchers. Medieval style structures line the street. (This is shortly before the devastating bombing of the city, by the RAF, in October, 1944.) Nazi Gauleiter (who is also SS Gruppenführer) Hartmann Lauterbacher, reviews the marchers. Citizens line the sidewalks and render the Nazi salute. Some of the home guard march shouldering axes. Guards flank a banner with swastika in the center and the words: "Germany Awake." The banner pole is topped by a swastika, in a metal wreath and a plaque bearing the word,"Harz." Camera pans upward to Gauleiter Lauterbacher speaking to the assemblage from behind a wall overlooking the scene. Closeup of old men with white armbands reading:"Country Awake." Views of helmeted soldiers.
Tail and crushed wings of American B-17 bomber, one of several shot down over the Germany-Holland border, during World War 2. Bodies of two U.S. airmen lying on the ground next to the debris. Remains of crashed B-17, Serial number 42-39822, of the U.S. 333rd Bomb Squadron, 94th Bombardment Group, which was shot down by German FW-190s while returning from a mission to Brunswick (Braunschweig), Germany, on January 11, 1944. A fuselage from downed allied warplane being hauled away on a truck. A junkyard filled with American warplane parts, stacked by type, engines in one pile, tails in another, etc. One vertical fin, marked with the 'triangle A' of the 91st Bomb Group, is from B-17G, tail number 42-37737, named "Tennessee Toddy" of the 401st Bomb Squadron. It crash landed after losing two engines, on 10 October 1943, at Brocklanderweg, near Apeldoorn, Holland. Two U.S. Army Air Corps prisoners being interrogated by a German officer. Group of United States airmen prisoners of war, apparently showing personal identifications (dog tags) to a German interrogator.
Newsreel titled 'Allied Drives Split Germany'. Allied troops, tanks and soldiers fight a fierce battle on the streets of Leipzig and gain the control. Allied soldiers seize and guard the radio station in Leipzig. Allied forces win Nuremberg and Braunschweig. Destroyed buildings and houses after the fight. A German commander surrenders to American Major General. Glimpses of Hitler's speech at Nuremberg in 1932. U.S. soldiers atop the same stadium building in 1944. British Army men prisoners liberated and given food and cigarettes. A camp near river Rhine where German prisoners are released and Nazi army officers surrender. German Generals arrested by the Allied Forces. Soldiers of the 3rd Army explore stashed gold and currency reserves of Germany hidden in a salt mine. They also recover stolen art and classic paintings from German museums. Civilians registered by Allied military officials. A crowd in market hears suspension of Nazi government. Nazi army uniforms, arms, caps and badges in a stack to be destroyed. A map showing German-Russian frontier. Russian tanks rushing into German borders after bombing their bases. Tanks advance between destroyed houses, rising smoke and explosion from fights. U.S. and British forces bombing Magdeburg on the Elba river.
View towards starboard bow of the German Rotor Ship, "Buckau", at anchor, being photographed from a small boat that rocks with the waves. Another view towards her starboard stern. Brief closeup glimpse of one of her 50 ft tall rotor cylinders. View of the "Buckau" from starboard, abeam. Change of scene shows a German Braunschweig-class pre-dreadnought battleship of the Kaiserliche Marine at anchor, viewed from the "Buckau." Camera pans port-side of the battleship, from stern towards bow, and continues panning left showing the deck and some crew of the "Buckau," from which it is filming. Next, two German warships are seen anchored, directly astern of the rotor ship.
Germans smash into the U.S. First Army positions along a 45 mile front and advance deep into Luxemburg and Belgium. Animated maps show Germany, France and Belgium. German Tiger tanks, troops, and artillery in action against Americans. Vehicles of United States convoy wrecked and burning along road, as German troops advance. Fire and smoke rise from U.S. tanks, jeeps and trucks. Germans firing and bombing. U.S. soldiers captured. Frozen dead bodies of U.S. soldiers, victims of the Malmedy massacre, some with hands and feet tied, being placed army truck. Dead bodies of Belgian civilians being placed in large common grave . View of German officer ordering a firing squad to shoot. German troops smoke American cigarettes taken from dead U.S. troops. American troops in retreat and burning and destroying war materiel that could not be brought with them. American defenders firing artillery, including antiaircraft guns fired level, as antitank weapons. Skies streaked with contrails and dog fights between American and German airplanes. American aircraft bombing German positions. American troops patrol in snow covered wooded areas. General Eisenhower talks with soldiers. German soldiers advancing. Newspaper headline reads: "Russians Smash Last Nazi Line." Another newspaper headline reads: "40 Jap Ships Sunk." Another reads: "3rd Army Deep in Germany." Narrator cautions against complacency, reminding of 78 thousand American soldiers lost during the Christmas holiday, in 1944. Views of dead American soldiers. Closing Messages: "If you have a War Job, Stick to it" and " If you Haven't, Get one!"
U.S. paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division are seen silhoutted against sky as they board C-47 transport aircraft in Operation Market Garden mission to Grave and Nijmegen, Holland, in September, 1944, during World War 2. C-47 starts engines. C-47s take off towing gliders. Change of subject to Allied operations crossing the Rhine River into Germany in 1945. U.S. Army troops in a long boat powered by an outboard motor. U.S. troops board U.S. Navy amphibious assault boats on shore of the Rhine (Rhein) River. View from above of assault boats undergoing fire from German defenders during the crossing. U.S. troops moving quickly out of the assault boats on German soil. Scene shifts to airborne operations. View in cockpit of U.S. transport aircraft carrying U.S. paratroopers of the 17th Airborne Division, on joint British-American Operation Varsity, to drop paratroopers on the German side of the Rhine River. A C-46 transport aircraft, in flight, bearing Tail Code "H.". View from cargo compartment as 17th Airborne Division paratroopers exit very efficiently, by jumping from both doors of the C-46. Sky filled with parachutes. Scene shifts to ground operations. U.S. Army troops stand shoulder to shoulder on a section of pontoon bridge, as it is pushed across a river by Army engineers in two small power boats. U.S. tanks and vehicles crossing pontoon bridges. Supreme Allied Commander, Five-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower, stands with Lieutenant General William Hood Simpson, commander of the U.S. Ninth Army, as they observe Allied operations. American soldiers taking German prisoners of war. German POWs being escorted under guard and large numbers of them in an open field under U.S. guard.